Illinois Medical Marijuana Patient Study Released

By Rick Thompson
The Social Revolution


Aclara Research, a leader in the development of patient and consumer insights within the medical cannabis industry, today released the results of The Illinois Medical Cannabis Patient Experience Study –  the first of Illinois patients since the inception of the pilot program in 2012. The study is the largest and most comprehensive look at the impact of the statewide program, examining nearly 300 of the 18,000 Illinois residents registered.

The Aclara Research study found that 86 percent of survey respondents are managing leading symptoms of chronic pain. While chronic pain is not one of the 41 qualifying conditions in Illinois, cannabis shows strong potential in treating autoimmune diseases in which chronic inflammation plays a central role.

Key findings from the study include:

  • Key gender gaps within the health care system as well as medical cannabis use. Across Illinois patients, women are up to 50 percent more likely to suffer with leading symptoms of chronic pain including trouble sleeping, back and joint pain, body ache and anxiety.
  • Eighty six percent of patients reported suffering with symptoms of chronic pain. While not a qualifying condition for program participation in Illinois, patients are treating the leading symptoms of chronic pain which impacts more than 130 million Americans.
  • Thirty three percent of study respondents stopped using all prescription drugs after using medical cannabis and 92 percent decreased the number of prescription drugs taken. Applying these results to a recent study on the impact of medical cannabis on Medicaid costs, there is potential for $180 million in savings to the Illinois Medicaid program.*
  • Twenty two percent of patients had no previous experience with cannabis prior to entering the Illinois medical cannabis program. This is in stark contrast to other medical marijuana programs across the country, and is driven by women. Twenty six percent of women in Illinois reported being new to using cannabis.
  • Forty seven percent of patients are using Cannabidiol (CBD) daily. Women lead this consumption trend, over 75 percent consume CBD daily.
  • Forty nine percent of patients earn less than $40,000 annually AND spend more than $3,000 on cannabis products each year. Medical cannabis patients make a significant investment in their health, spending more than $3,000 each year on cannabis products -which are not covered under their health insurance.

While industry experts have labeled the Illinois program as one of the most restrictive in the country based on condition list and application requirements, the Aclara Illinois Medical Cannabis Patient Experience Study showcases the positive benefits the pilot program has had in the lives of those suffering from the qualifying debilitating conditions as well as the potential benefits to health care costs within the state.

This is the first study conducted in Illinois by Aclara Research, however, the company has been a leader in the cannabis industry since 2016, already conducting comprehensive studies across multiple states including Michigan, Oregon, and Colorado. A second study in Illinois is slated to be released in the fall.

“We are excited to be the first to conduct the largest study of Illinois patients since the inception of the pilot program,” said Carmen Brace, Founder of Aclara Research. “We will continue to build strong partnerships within the state and other markets to provide our clients with insights that lead to consumer-centric product innovation and business strategies across medical use markets.”

For more information or to learn more about the Illinois study, please visit

Original article from The Social Revolution.

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Rick Thompson

“Marijuana law reform is THE social revolution of our time.”- Rick Thompson What Rick has done and does: Magazine editor (Michigan Medical Marijuana Magazine, 2009 – 2011) Website editor (The Compassion Chronicles, 2012- present) Radio personality (Medical Marijuana Radio Show, The political Twist-Up Show, The Planet Green Trees Radio Show, others) Award-winning journalist (Crystal Trichome Award, 2016) Named Citizen Activist of the Year 2015 for the United States, 2015, The Weed Blog Freelance writer and photographer (High Times, Culture Magazine, Hybrid:Life Magazine, many others) Event host and creator, Michigan Cannabis Business Development Conference, Holiday Inn, September 2015 Current member of the Boards of Directors of: Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee (MILegalize), Michigan NORML; founding member, Michigan ASA, Public Relations Director, Michigan Association of Compassion Centers (defunct) videographer- “Majority,” YouTube; “Flint Water Crisis: A Love Story,” YouTube; others

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